An Interview with Ra’Jah O’Hara, star of Death Drop

Following rave reviews at London’s Garrick Theatre, smash-hit drag murder mystery Death Drop will be sashaying into the Alexandra Theatre next week (23rd – 27th November) as part of their UK 2021 tour.

Starring Ru Paul’s Drag Race legends Willam, Ra’Jah O’Hara, Karen from Finance and the UK’s very own Vinegar Strokes, the killer comedy is set in 1991, as a gaggle of guests gather on the mysterious Tuck Island for a dinner party like no other. The tension rises as the outrageous guests reveal their questionable pasts and hidden secrets. As the ferocious finger pointing and savage speculation begins, one by one they sashay away, until at the last, nerve-shredding, side-splitting moment we find out who-dunnit!

I got the chance to have a quick chat with Ra’Jah O’Hara at Mailmaison Birmingham ahead of the Birmingham shows to find out more about Death Drop, her character Summer Raines and what makes the ‘Queen of the Death Drop’ tick.

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Priscilla, Printers and Paperwork

For the last few days I’ve been immersed in a sea of almost unending paperwork. For just ten students, I’ve reacquainted myself with the printer and I’ve printed, filed, photocopied and generally sweated over nearly two hundred different tasks. At one point, there was so much to do that I went in on my day off just to keep up. It hasn’t been made any easier by the fact that the bloody thing kept breaking just to heighten my growing madness – I’ve been entertaining wild fantasies of re-enacting the scene from Office Space and taking a baseball bat to the thing.

This was for one topic. I have another four to get through with different classes before the end of this year.

Last night, after returning home feeling tired and fed up, The Bloke and I decided that there was only one thing for it.

The Adventures of Priscilla, the Queen of the Desert.

I’ve developed an obsession with all things drag since binge-watching the first six seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race in about three weeks (thanks Netflix), and after scrolling through a selection of films (again, thanks Netflix) it seemed like the perfect choice.

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I can’t believe I waited 21 years to watch it. Beautiful, touching and hilarious, it was exactly what I needed. Where else can you see General Zod, Lord Elrond and Mike Young from Neighbours (yes, I know that Guy Pearce is a successful Hollywood movie star now, but I will always remember him as Mike from Neighbours) looking much better in a dress than I do. I now have an urge to don an enormous metallic outfit, stand on the top of a pink bus and mime whilst being driven at speed through the streets of Birmingham – it’s not exactly the Australian outback but it will do. However, instead of opera, it would have to be some sort of epic 80’s rock anthem (can’t beat a bit of Journey!) – I might just ask The Bloke if he’ll let me stand on the roof of the car on the way to work tomorrow morning…

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Start your engines… I’ve got less than forty working days to go…

What about you guys? How has your week been?

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